- Freedom of Thought
Theosophical Society has spread far and wide over the world, and as members of
all religions have become members of it without surrendering the special dogmas,
teachings, and beliefs of their respective faiths, it is thought desirable to
emphasize the fact that there is no doctrine, no opinion, by whomsoever taught
or held, that is in any way binding on any member of the society, none which any
member is not free to accept or reject. Approval of its three objects is the
sole condition of membership.
teacher or writer, from H. P. Blavatsky onwards, has any authority to impose
their teachings or opinions on members. All members have an equal right to
follow any school of thought, but have no right to force their choice on any
other. Neither a candidate for any office nor any voter can be rendered
ineligible to stand or to vote because of any opinion held or because of
membership in any school of thought. Opinions or beliefs neither bestow
privileges not inflict penalties.
Members of the General Council earnestly request every member of the
Theosophical Society to maintain, defend, and act upon these fundamental
principals of the society and also fearlessly to exercise the right of liberty
of thought and of expression thereof, within the limits of courtesy and
consideration for others.
Resolution of the General Council of the Theosophical Society
- The Theosophical World View
Theosophical Society, while reserving for each member full freedom to interpret
those teachings known as theosophy, is dedicated to preserving and realizing the
ageless wisdom, which embodies both a world view and a vision of human
tradition is founded upon certain fundamental propositions.
1. The universe and all that exists within it are one interrelated and
2. Every existent being -- from atom to galaxy
-- is rooted in the same universal, life creating Reality. This
Reality is all-pervasive, but it can never be summed up in its parts, since it
transcends all its expressions. It reveals itself in the purposeful, ordered,
and meaningful processes of nature as well as in the deepest recesses of the
mind and spirit.
3. Recognition of the unique value of every living being expresses itself in
reverence for life, compassion for all, sympathy with the need of individuals to
find truth for themselves, and respect for every religious tradition. The ways
in which these ideals become realities in individual life are both the
privileged choice and the responsible act of every human being.
to the concerns of theosophy is the desire to promote understanding and
fellowship among people of all races, nationalities, philosophies, and
religions. Therefore, all people, whatever their race, creed, sex, caste, or
color, are invited to participate equally in the life and work of the society.
The Theosophical Society imposes no dogmas, but points toward the source of
unity beyond all differences. Devotion to truth, love for all living beings, and
commitment to a life of active altruism are the marks of the true theosophist.